Governance and strategy

The environment and climate change
We recognise that all of our operations have an impact on the environment, from the energy and resources we use, to the products we manufacture and the waste we generate.
We are committed to high standards of environmental management and undertake activities with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of our operations, products and supply chain.
To do this, we have taken a business-led approach to setting reduction targets and driving improvement programmes and activities to reduce our environmental impacts.
Activities have included installing a solar array on company land, moving to LED lighting systems, decommissioning carbon intensive coal fired boilers, installing a reed bed to clean effluent, designing buildings to meet BREEAM standards, re-using heat in a maritime platform and installing a Combined Heat and Power plant at the Portsmouth Naval Base and changing behaviours through implementing energy management systems.

Governance of environment

Responsibility for climate change and environmental issues sits with our Chief Executive. He is the owner of our Environmental Policy, which details our commitment to addressing environmental impacts related to our products and activities, including climate change. 
He is supported by the Board and Corporate Responsibility Committee in ensuring that an appropriate climate change and environment programme and performance objectives are set and flowed down across the business. These objectives are intended to reduce the Group’s environmental impact, including climate change impact, in the immediate and long term, to enable the Group to deliver against its climate change and environmental commitments. The Corporate Responsibility Committee monitors progress in this area.

Our Environmental Policy mandates that we have an environmental management system (EMS) in place for all of our businesses. Short- and long-term risks outlined below are built into business EMS systems. Part of the EMS process is to define issues and set appropriate targets for the reduction of environmental and climate change impacts and risks.